Heel pain is at the top of the list when it comes to the most common reasons that patients visit the podiatrist's office. Distress on the heels is common since they are the main source of support for walking, running, balancing, and standing in place. One possible cause could be plantar fasciitis (also called heel spur syndrome). Once you understand the source of your heel pain, you can start on the road to relief by visiting Blue Ridge Foot Centers' Asheville office.
Plantar Fasciitis: A Common Cause
In many cases of heel pain, the cause is a common condition called plantar fasciitis, which is the inflammation and flattening of the ligament that connects the toe to the heel. When you allow your foot to roll inward too much when you’re taking a step, it can put too much tension on the plantar fascia ligament. When this connective tissue is inflamed, it causes pain and irritation of the heel bone. In some cases, patients develop heel spurs—tiny bone growths on the heel.
Other Causes of Heel Pain
Persistent heel pain could have other causes. Friction between the back of the heel and a tight shoe could cause painful calluses to form. The more the callus rubs against the shoe, the more discomfort the patient could feel when walking or jogging. A ruptured Achilles tendon, also called Achilles tendonitis, could also be the reason for your heel pain.
Heel Pain Treatment Options
You may have tried to resolve your heel pain problems with over the counter remedies, but the best course of action may be to see your Asheville podiatrist for professional treatment. These are some of the ways your foot doctor can help:
- Use of anti-inflammatory medication
- Exercises to stretch the ligaments and physical therapy
- Custom orthotic inserts
- Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy to stimulate healing
- Heel spur surgery or Achilles Tendonitis surgery
Heel Pain Relief
It’s not normal or healthy to go through your days experiencing unbearable heel pain. Call Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC, today at 828-254-5371 or visit the website at https://www.blueridgefoot.com for treatment. We are led by Dr. Daniel Waldman, a board-certified podiatrist who is an expert in the latest minimal incision techniques, and teaches surgery nationally and internationally.